Rrc men's double sculls.
Men’s double sculls: Paddy Kearney and Will Hunt

The crew and rowers of Ryde Rowing Club had a frustrating day at the final Hants & Dorset regatta of the season, held at Itchen Imperial Rowing Club on the River Itchen in Southampton on Saturday (20th August).

The 3-boat race format meant that most events had a heat and a final, and some of the larger events also had a semi-final, with only the winners advancing to the next round.

The men’s double sculls of Paddy Kearney and Will Hunt won their run fairly easily and took 2nd place in the final. Paddy and Will also competed as Ryde’s A Crew in the Men’s Coastal Pairs event where they were only able to place 2nd in their run. But the B-Crew of Joel Smith and Elliott O’Sullivan had an excellent run in their run, which they won with a comfortable 3rd place finish in the final.

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The Ladies Coastal junior pair of Niamh Murphy and Stella Baisley, who are only Novice Oars ladies, did well and finished 2nd in their run. Niamh then competed with the Ladies Novice Sculls and placed 3rd in their run.

In the men’s Novice Sculls, Austin Smith’s Ryde A Crew will be disappointed with his 2nd place heat, as will Ben Sanderson’s Ryde B, who won his heat but only managed 3rd place in the semifinals.

Joel Smith, competing in the men’s senior sculls, had a problem with his boat and unfortunately had to retire.

At the Boys J16 Sculling event, Ryde A Sculler, Dan Sanderson, took 2nd place in his run, but the B Sculler, Bradley Whiting, won his run and took a very respectable 2nd place in his final.

The men’s Coastal Four with Bradley Whiting, Paddy Kearney, Will Hall and Elliott O’Sullivan, driven by Mai McKay, finished 2nd in their run, as did the men’s Novice Four with Callum Hynd, Issac Gibson, Harry Jones and Dan Sanderson, again piloted by Mai McKay.

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Charlie Watts competed with Poole in a Men’s Novice Four Composite Crew and they won their run and placed 3rd in the final. It should also be noted that Charlie competed in the Ryde Clubs Novice Four at Worthing last week but his surname was wrongly recorded as Williams when it should have been Watts.

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